Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer trail rides?
What kind of riding lessons do you offer?
Do you offer sleigh rides or wagon rides?
Can I buy straw from WELCA?
Can we book wedding photos on site?


Do you offer trail rides?

The short answer is no. Whitemud Equine does not rent horses for casual riding because they are too busy working in our lesson and therapeutic riding programs.

Although horses are allowed on some multi-use trails in Edmonton's river valley, lobbying by runners and cyclists have compelled the City to bring in rules that make it difficult. For instance, in order to ride on the trails, people are required to put bum bags on their horses to collect manure. Unfortunately, these bags are difficult to obtain and hard to use. The alternative is to pick up and haul out the manure.


What kind of riding lessons do you offer?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre teaches recreational horse riding from beginners to advanced including walk, trot, canter and jumping. We teach children and adults from those who love horses to those who have never been near a horse. Students may ride in a small group class or in private lessons. Our lessons are predominantly English riding although Western can be provided on request. See more information here.


Do you offer sleigh rides or wagon rides?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre does not have a team or wagon available for rides. However, for school field trips we can make arrangements with a local contractor to bring his team and wagon on site.


Can I buy straw from WELCA?

We do not use straw at Whitemud Equine Learning Centre. We feed the horses with square bales of hay and use wood shavings for stall bedding. If our supplies permit, we do sell the occasional bale of hay. Prices vary according to market value.


Can we book wedding photos on site?

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre provides a unique backdrop to any photograph. Sessions may include the use of a lesson horse for either mounted or unmounted shots. Choose from wedding photography, family portraits, graduation pictures, retirement films or any moment you’d like to capture.

Photo bookings include:

  • Use of the Keillor Cabin and grounds
  • No other photography party will be booked concurrently, but the arena and stable will remain open for lessons and other programs
  • Staff available to ensure your photography session with the horse runs smoothly
  • Bookings available during public hours (8am – 9:30pm)
  • Maximum capacity of 20 people
  • $100 per session (includes use of a horse and handler)

Any photography session must be pre-arranged and reserved through the Office. Insurance waivers must be completed prior to session. Reservation is confirmed upon payment. Please contact us for reservations or more information.


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Upcoming Events

Wildrose Schooling Shows

July 8/9

Pony Up Camp (M-F) SOLD OUT

July 3-7 Ages 4-6 in the morning / Ages 7-9 in the afternoon
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Horsing Around Camp (M-F)

July 10-14 Ages 9-14
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Horsing Around Camp (M-F) SOLD OUT

July 17-21 Ages 9- Adult

Old Barn Auction Sale

July 15 Viewing: 11am - 3pm / Auction: 3:30pm

River Valley Horse Show

July 20-23

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July 24-28 Ages 9-14
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Pony Club Show

July 29/30

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August 7-11 Ages 9-14
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Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 10-13

Pony Up Day Camp (M-F) SOLD OUT

August 14-18 Ages 4-9 in the morning / Ages 4-9 in the afternoon
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Pony Up 1/2 Day Camps SOLD OUT

August 21-25 Ages 4-9 in the morning / Ages 4-9 in the afternoon
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Advanced Equine Massage Course

Aug 07-Sept 15

ANR Pony Club Regional Horse Show

August 18-20

Equine Massage Course

Sept 30-Oct 06

Whitemud Equine Centre Riding Arena – Grand Opening

October 21


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